Its steep economic decline since then has preserved, for our perfect delight, a town whose ancient stones ooze the charm of a place forgotten by time, appearing almost as it was when it was created in the Middle Ages. No neon signs, no traffic, no skyscrapers, no grafitti: just pure medieval history and aesthetics, and a population so happy to live in it that they are the essence of civilization.
Our escorted tour of Bruges will take you to the paintings of Memling, the Lake of Love of the Minnewater, the Carillon of Belfort, the Markt and Burg Squares, a Michelangelo Madonna and Child sculpture, the delightful Beigijnhof Convent, exquisite canals, cobble-stoned alleys, acres of Bruge's lovely lace, a wealth of delicious chocolate, refined cuisine, and over 450 sorts of beer. For lovers of Flemish art, this guided Bruges tour can also show you works by Jan Van Eyck, Hieronymus Bosch, Rogier van der Weyden and Jan Provoost.
Touring Bruges is a year-round delight, so do not think of it as only a fair weather destination. The austerity of winter in this medieval town is as attractive as its lush summers, giving you the additional pleasure of seeing skaters on frozen canals, the snow and ice sculpture festival, and the intimacy provided by warm fires in cosy taverns and restaurants, splendidly warding off winter chills.